President Yoweri Museveni

The escalating land conflicts through mass evictions of bibanja (squatters) holders by landlords in many parts of the country is partly due to the weaknesses of the district land boards, President Museveni has said.

Mr Museveni said the boards have failed to fix the minimum land rates as mandated by the amended Land Act, thus encouraging mass evictions, which he said is illegal.

“We should not blame the bibanja holders for the rising land conflicts where many have been illegally evicted by landlords but the failure by the district land boards to fix the land rates,” he said.

“I will now make a follow up on this issue so that we make it very difficult for these landlords to illegally evict the bibanja holders,” Mr Museveni added while addressing Nakaseke residents at a thanksgiving service and funeral rites for George William Ssebunya at Kakonde Village, Semuto Sub-county on Friday.

He also blamed the continued delays in finalising payments for the veterans and families of people who contributed towards the liberation struggle that brought his NRA/M government to power on selfish individuals, who he said inflated the lists for the beneficiaries by including names of those who never participated while leaving out the ideal would-be beneficiaries.

“Many of our people are not trustworthy and very selfish. They made sure that they include names of people who never participated or supported the struggle with the aim of getting this money and not minding of the real beneficiaries,” Mr Museveni said.

“Government funds cannot be just abused like that and that is why we are making thorough investigations on these lists,” he added.

By Dan Wandera, Daily Monitor

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